Groggs creator dies ages 78

The man who created the world famous Grogg statues has died at the age of 78.

John Hughes, from Pontypridd, became well known for creating caricatures of rugby players and other famous stars. He passed away after a long illness.

How a Pontypridd pub became the Groggs workshop

A derelict pub in Pontypridd was turned into the Groggs workshop/gallery

John Hughes began to put his ceramics skills to use in the mid-Sixties, with a garden shed doubling as a workshop.

In 1971, a derelict pub in Treforest, Pontypridd was converted into a dedicated 'Groggshop' gallery and studio.

It now houses more than 45 years worth of figurines and memorabilia.

Photos: click to visit the World of Groggs Hall of Fame

Twitter tributes paid to Groggs creator John Hughes

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Hi @worldofgroggs So sad to learn about John, legend of a bloke will be sadly missed! My thoughts are with you all! #legend

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Saddened to hear of the death of @worldofgroggs founder John Hughes after a long illness, at 78. He brought lots of happiness to rugby fans

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@worldofgroggs sorry to hear about the sad news my thoughts are with all your family!! he was such a character lovely bloke #rip

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Groggs creator John Hughes dies aged 78

John Hughes was awarded an MBE in 2010

The man who created the world famous Grogg statues has died at the age of 78.

John Hughes, from Pontypridd, became well known for creating caricatures of rugby players and other famous stars. He passed away after a long illness.

Pontypridd Rugby Club described him as "a genius, a gentleman, a character" who will be "greatly missed".

The figures ranged from rugby legends and celebrities, to characters from myths